The village of Forest Park plans to host an official public forum to discuss information known about video gaming. This forum, which a promise made by Mayor Anthony Calderone and the village council in May of this year when, lobbied by local businesses and residents, pro and con, the subject of video gaming in Forest Park resurfaced. 

According to a press release put out by village hall last week, “The mayor waited until July to host the forum as one elected official was out of the country during the month of June and, in the name of fairness, postponed hosting the event until the commissioner’s return.” 

According to the statement, the forum will include “knowledgeable and experienced authorities on both sides of the coin who will take questions and provide feedback based on firsthand familiarity with the topic.” 

The panel will feature local opponents and proponents, plus an official to clarify questions on local rule. The event, which will be moderated by Forest Park National Bank’s Erik Fjeldstad, will take place on July 12 in the lower level of village hall at 6:30 p.m. 

“The subject of video gaming came up last year in our budget session by Commissioner [Dan] Novak,” the press release quoted Calderone, “as a possible new revenue source, but beyond that we haven’t revisited this subject until recently. A movement beyond village hall began and many folks passionate about the issue have come to address the council. That’s really been the catalyst for this forum and the current conversation in the community.” 

He added that “the intent of this forum is purely for informational purposes and to help folks clarify questions that have surfaced around town and through social media.”

For more information, call the Mayor’s Office at 708-366-2323.